I remember like yesterday when I played the classic Tomb Raider game not long before Christmas in 1996. Like most who experienced it, I was hooked on the action adventure gameplay and of course Lara’s looks as I made my way through all sorts of ancient tombs and catacombs. So when a film based off the hit game was finally released in 2001, me and friends had to go see it. It wasn’t one of the best movies then, but it was fun enough to be one of the better game adaptation films out there, and it still is in the 4K HDR release of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. If you’re a fan of Lara and want to see the old school version of her before the release of the new film, this is a perfect chance to do so.
Most people know of the beautiful adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) who is always looking for the next big adventure finding ancient treasures while fighting evil people trying to profit off of them. This adventuring runs in the family as she learned a lot from her father (Jon Voight) who was searching for the Triangle of Light, a mysterious artifact with powers to alter reality itself. Of course as she goes on a quest to hunt it down, there are bad people trying to beat her to it, namely the infamous Illuminati who want it to control the world. It falls on Lara and her comrades (with a young Daniel Craig teaming with her) to stop the Illuminati and retrive the triangle at all costs.
It’s good to know the movie holds up pretty well after all this time, as Angelina Jolie does a good job being Lara and even does a few of her own stunts which is always nice. The action and adventure bits are also well done, and everything looks and sounds better thanks to the 4K HDR additions. Here you can expect to see and hear all sorts of details you didn’t notice before if you saw this back in 2001, and will be a great treat to newcomers.
There’s also some cool special features to sort through once the adventure is over. There’s audio commentary by director Simon West where he discusses how he went about filming the movie, how it was bringing the famous video game to life, and more. You’ll find a ton more extras that goes behind the scenes such as “Digging Into Tomb Raider”, or finding the right person to play Lara and more about the character in “Crafting Lara Croft”. “The Visual Effects of Tomb Raider” goes into the neat special effects while “Tomb Raider Stunts” shows off Angelina Jolie and some of the other cast and crew performing some of the stunts in the movie. Rounding out the extras are a few deleted scenes, and “Alternate Title” intro, and a music video from one of my favorite bands U2 “Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)” that was popular back then and now.
If you’re a fan of the movie and/or game series, you’ll want to grab your adventuring gear and raid your local film store for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The 4K HDR treatment makes the film look and sound better than it ever has, and some cool special features complete the package for a raid worthy find you’ll want to add to your other movie treasures.